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Rail resurrection
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Post Post subject: Rail resurrection
Posted: Fri Apr 09, 2010 06:00 AM
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Yesterday I picked up my first rail for the grand total of $100. 95" wb, 4 good tires, steering wheel and shaft, solid floor pan, shifter and pedal mounts, cable guides, swing axle with transmission, balljoint front end that's seen better days but is still perfectly runnable.

Already went nuts on it, cut the old torsion housing out, swapped in an IRS housing, did some tube repair (to replace the tube that was cut with the torsion removal). As I hate welding out of position, tomorrow it gets flopped on its lid to finish welding all the seams and tube joints.

And for the visually inclined:

Before (ignore the date):


Tube repair


Woohoo vertical tires! (yes, one tube does need to be finished)


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Plans are new brakes all around, a fresh 1600 (cylinders go back on tomorrow), some more tube such as an inverted V in the windshield and a B pillar X along with corner gussets, then maybe an M62 running 5-7 PSI if i can come up with a good way to mount a blower that's longer than the engine Laughing

As it sits I'm in the buggy a total of $0 as i already sold the old torsion housing and the swingaxle.

The whole project is $10 for tubing and $50 for engine rebuild parts, plus 8 hours.

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Posted: Fri Apr 09, 2010 06:54 AM
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very cool! Cool looks like a fun project!


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Post Post subject: Re: Rail resurrection
Posted: Fri Apr 09, 2010 01:38 PM
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Welcome to the forums!

Looks like a good project.

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Post Post subject: Rail resurrection
Posted: Sat Apr 10, 2010 12:27 AM
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No pics of today's progress, just flopped it over, finished all the welding, welded the seams of the forks, and dropped the trans in it.

Now I need to track down a seat so I can make sure the shifter and all is where i want it.

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Post Post subject: Re: Rail resurrection
Posted: Thu May 13, 2010 01:45 AM
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So i bring the suck at keeping build threads updated, this one is no different. Here she sits as of 05/07/10, that's one month to the day of it coming home:






The seat has a cover, but it's been raining a lot lately so it's off and hence the bucket over the engine Laughing (or do i just want to keep my super secret engine build a super secret. . ., nah, it's just raining).

Everything has been begged and borrowed, so I'm only at about $350 for the whole thing Twisted Evil Still need to buy a good harness (going to be the single most expensive part of the build) and come up with an exhaust. I'm using a rather perforated stock muffler right now that I know will get ripped off the first time this thing hits the dirt.

Goal is to have it harnessed and exhausted before June 12, but those are only happening if I get a job or santa visits in May (neither is looking too promising Sad )

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